I love reading the Book of Numbers because, over and over, we read about Moses and Aaron pleading for the lives of their people -- and God responds. In Numbers 14, the people of Israel rebelled against God, complaining against Moses and Aaron and trying to make their own plans to return to Egypt. It's a cycle, it seems, that continues even now. We live in sin, God leads us out of it, we lose faith and run back to the familiar misery. But does God give up on us? He does not.
Through the intercession of Moses and Aaron, God has mercy on the people of Israel. Time and time again. Not from their own pleading, because they had abandoned God, but from the cries of those who love them.
"Forgive the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have pardoned this people, from Egypt even until now.’
Then the Lord said, ‘I do forgive, just as you have asked; nevertheless—as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord—" (Numbers 14:19-21)
God answers prayers.
He is faithful to his people,
whether or not we are faithful to him.
If we pray for the forgiveness of others, He will have mercy on them.
But when was the last time I prayed in that way?
When was the last time I prayed for people I didn't know directly -- for a group, a nation, the whole world?
I give God thanks for our days, I ask for the protection of our family, I praise Him. But then I look at the world, I read the headlines, I am overwhelmed by the darkness running rampant in the world that I feel powerless.
But you know what the amazing thing is, something I tend to forget? I have the God of Heaven and Earth beside me, and He is listening to my prayers.
"So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
We are strengthened with the gift of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and even if we aren't able to sit down to pray the entire chaplet, we can pray throughout the day. Sometimes when I'm driving, I'll pray this out loud and now Lily is starting to sing along with me. Or, if I feel like listening to something while I'm working on my computer, I'll turn on this video from EWTN.
Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood
Soul and divinity of your dearly beloved son
Our Lord, Jesus Christ
In atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world.
For the sake of his sorrowful passion,
Have mercy on us and on the whole world.